In 2009 the WRFL, in conjunction with the AFL, launched the very first AFL Umpires Academy, run out of Mackillop Catholic College in Werribee, Victoria. After 4 years in operations, the number of umpires coming into the system at the school has tripled, with over 100 field, boundary and goal umpires joining the umpiring ranks through this channel. Read More
In the WRFL we require any umpire who strives to umpire in Division One football to train ONE night per week and attend all coaching sessions throughout the season. We fully support every umpire in their own personal situation therefore any valid reason for not meeting this criterion will not prevent you from umpiring at the highest level in the WRFL.
We encourage all umpires to train with the umpiring group as it develops great camaraderie and provides support to achieve your best. The WRFL provides multiple training venues to allow all umpires to be involved.
Seddon (Hanmer Reserve)
We train at Hanmer Reserve, Harris St, Yarraville (former Seddon FC ground). This is the home of the WRFL Umpires Association and this is where we hold our general coaching sessions on Thursday nights as per the Season Planner.
Training at Hanmer Reserve is Tuesday and Thursday nights commencing at 5.45pm.
Werribee (MacKillop College)
Training at MacKillop is Wednesday nights commencing at 5.45pm.
A range of coaching sessions are generally held every second week (refer to the Season Planner for detail). At these sessions coaches will take you through rules, interpretations and skills you require to umpire on the weekend. A Season Planner is published in advanced so umpires can plan their nights.
Food and a range of drinks are available at all Hanmer Reserve sessions.
Find out more about our academies.